Life During Wartime

February 1, 2008

SVA is presenting a new exhibition that looks at the Iraq war thorough the eyes of five emerging and established artists, each of whom has a direct experience of the war. In “Testimony to War: Art from the Battlegrounds of Iraq,” Army Major Peter Buotte (BFA 1999 Fine Arts), Army Sergeant Aaron Hughes, embedded artist Steve Mumford (MFA 1994 Fine Arts), embedded photographer Lucian Read, and Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Roa each present a unique viewpoint on the conflict and the people on both sides of it.

Curated by Francis Di Tommaso, director of student galleries and the Visual Arts Museum, the show will include examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and video representative of the artists’ distinctive bodies of work related to the war. “Testimony to War” will be on view at the Visual Arts Museum, 209 East 23rd Street, February 4 – March 8, with an opening reception on Monday, February 4, 6 – 8pm. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion, moderated by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate and featuring Chief Warrant Officer Michael Fay, Aaron Hughes, Steve Mumford, embedded photographer and filmmaker Brian Palmer (MFA 1990 Photography and Related Media) and Ryan Roa, on Tuesday, February 19, 7pm, in the Amphitheater.

Image: Lucian Read, Possibly the most perfect Marine haircut picture ever taken in Iraq. Thursday, November 16, 2005, at Forward Operating Base Al Qa’im in Iraq, 2005.

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